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Wynn Taking It One Day at a Time

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 8, 2006

Defensive end Renaldo Wynn practiced for the first time since spraining his right ankle Aug. 26 at New England, but did not complete the Washington Redskins' workout.

"I've got three more days to go, and I'm taking it one day at a time." Wynn said, sporting a heavy ice pack on the ankle. Along with cornerback Shawn Springs, Wynn is the remaining defensive regular who is on the shelf.

"Well, my guys are back out there. That's the most important thing," Wynn said. "Now, I'm the only one left. I want to get out there and I feel responsible."

Wynn added that the Redskins' defense feels a sense of urgency, spurred by last year's 5-0 run to the playoffs after a 5-6 start.

"We want to start fast. We don't want to wait until the last five games of the season," Wynn said. "We want to start the first game Monday night because you never know what game is going to be that game that gets you in. So we don't want to take any chances, plus we're at home."

Springs Says He's Doubtful

Coach Joe Gibbs sounded less than optimistic about Springs, who hasn't practiced since his Aug. 14 abdominal surgery. While the Redskins have tried to leave open the possibility of Springs playing Monday night, Springs for weeks hasn't been optimistic about being on the field for the opener.

"I'm not really saying I'm ruling myself out, I mean, it was a surgery, so I'm just day-to-day," Springs said, adding that he considers himself doubtful for the game. "I'm not going to embarrass myself or this team. The season is too important to go out there, get hurt, and miss more time. [Cornerbacks] Kenny Wright and Mike Rumph can handle it. . . .

A day after releasing him, the Redskins added offensive lineman Ikechuku Ndukwe to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Chris Pino.

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